Boardwalk belts pay homage to classic Texas songs

How many of the song snippets can you identify?


Walk down the new boardwalk on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail and a puzzle unfolds.

Bronze belts — 36 of them, each with a snippet from a favorite Texas-y song — are attached to the railings. But what songs did the lyrics come from? And who performed them?

The belts make up “Belting It Out,” a public art installation by San Antonio sculptor Ken Little. Little, 68, an Amarillo native who teaches art at the University of Texas at San Antonio, picked phrases from classic songs that cut across generations and genres.

“Some are very famous and others are more obscure,” says Little, who plays guitar himself. “They are specifically chosen to generate the ear worms like you get when a song gets locked in your head.”

Little hopes the belts leave you humming and bring back some pleasant, music-themed memories. The project cost $75,000, and funding came from the city’s Art in Public Places program, according to program coordinator Jean Graham.

Want to test your knowledge of Texas music? We’ve listed the first 15 song snippets below. The belts are listed in the order they appear on the trail, from west to east. Your job is to guess the song title and artist who performed each phrase. Answers are located inside this section.

Want more? Take the entire quiz of all 36 belts online at www.statesman.com.

And if you just want to see the belts in person, head to the boardwalk, which runs for more than a mile along the south side of Lady Bird Lake from a point east of Congress Avenue to International Shores Park along South Lakeshore Boulevard, east of Interstate 35.

Name that tune (and artist)

1. “Whoa back Buck! Gee by the lamb!”

2. “Watching the bubbles in my beer”

3. “Crazy for cryin’, crazy for tryin’”

4. “Panhandlin’ manhandlin’ postholin’ highrollin’ dustbowlin’ daddy”

5. “I’d be working in the Kremlin with a two-headed dog”

6. “Me upon my pony, on my boat”

7. “If you were a raindrop you’d shine like a rainbow”

8. “She’s about a mover”

9. “Gonna get me a mojo hand”

10. “Lips so sweet and tender, like petals fallin’ apart”

11. “The only daddy that will walk the line”

12. “Sleep ’n a hollow log”

13. “I’m walking the floor over you”

14. “I’m gonna be a diamond some day”

15. “Hey baby, que paso?”



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